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723 days ago

I was quite surprised that as soon as I put a coat of CA finish on this it turned almost completely black.
It’s also a bugger to keep it from bleeding onto the white maple.
This was another test to see if I could get the rings even. It is real close and probably as good as it gets with my setup.

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Bertha

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#1 posted 723 days ago

Looks like wenge to me. Open with greyish flecks.

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#2 posted 723 days ago

Knot sure but the knot is knice!

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#3 posted 723 days ago

Me also. Be careful of the splinters – real nasty !

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#4 posted 723 days ago

Wow, I see what you mean about the splinters. I did some research on it. Can’t be much worst than cat scratches!
I’ll be extra careful with this stuff. I have some pen blanks but doubt I’d buy any for other use.
Too difficult to finish and it tears easily when turned.
Thanks all.
Funny stuff lew…such a joker! ;-)

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#5 posted 723 days ago

rosebudjim,

Explain the be careful of splinters! I have never use wenge.

I know some woods are hazardous …....!

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#6 posted 723 days ago

some wenge is real slivery … brittle sharp snaggy wood.

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#7 posted 723 days ago

The wenge I’ve used gets dark when finished. Loses some of its character IMO. Nice wood, nonetheless.

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#8 posted 722 days ago

Can you show us a picture of the end grain?

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Bertha

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#9 posted 722 days ago

^MisterBill’s on it. The unfinished endgrain will solve the mystery.

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#11 posted 722 days ago

oldnovice,

The oil in wenge has a toxic residue, and can fester in the skin in a hurry. So, when you get a splinter get it all out, even if you have to dig into the mark. Also, be aware of the dust, lungs and eyes don’t like it either. Wear dust protection at all times with this stuff.

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#12 posted 722 days ago

Δ Thanks for the warnings. I know that some of the exotic woods can be hazerdous to your health and I will probably never use Sentence because of cost alone.

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#13 posted 722 days ago

This probably isn’t much help.

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#14 posted 722 days ago

I think I have a small piece of that … don’t know where it came from.

The piece I have actually looks like some composite material and it is heavy for a 2” x 2” x 6”!

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#15 posted 722 days ago

It is a real pain to turn and finish. It could also be panga panga. They both have the tubular voids along the grain. The piece at the left in the first image has about 4 layers of thick CA and it still has voids that need filled.

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